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Posted on: October 16, 2018

Update Aerial Mosquito Spraying will begin in Craven County on Tuesday October 16



NEW BERN, N.C. – Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Craven County will begin Tuesday, October 16, 2018, weather permitting, to assist with mosquito control from the flood waters due to Hurricane Florence.


Ground spraying will continue county-wide. The City of New Bern is spraying in New Bern as well as in Bridgeton and Brice’s Creek.  The City of Havelock is spraying from Carolina Pines to the Craven/Carteret county line.  The town of River Bend will be spraying River Bend and Trent Woods.  Fairfield Harbour is spraying their community and the Broad Creek area. Craven County will be spraying within the unincorporated areas. 


Craven County will begin aerial spraying today within the unincorporated areas of the county, weather permitting. The crew will be using AquaDUET chemical for the aerial spraying and will be spraying 45,000 acres at dusk.  Beekeepers are advised to take the following precautions to protect their hives:


  • Register at DRIFTWATCH (identifies areas to avoid application) www.driftwatch.org
  • Cover hives during application and at least 12 hours afterward (up to 24 hours)


In addition, the Craven County Health Department will be offering tablets or dunks for individuals to use in standing water that cannot be removed near their home.  The supplies can be picked up at the Craven County Health Department, 2818 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Spraying will reduce mosquito populations but will not eliminate them entirely.  Citizens can also take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, including wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant.


For more information Craven County’s Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, visit the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov, on the Craven County Facebook page @cravencounty and the Craven County Emergency Management Twitter account @cravencountync. Visit the Craven County website to register to receive emergency notifications via text, email and phone calls through the CodeRed Emergency Notification System.


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